“In Process” at The Watermill Center

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"In Process" resident artists at The Watermill Center. Courtesy The Watermill Center.

On Saturday, November 21, from 2 to 3 p.m., join The Watermill Center’s artists-in-residence, Tahir Carl Karmali, Paige Mazurek, Zeinab Shahidi Marnani, Regina Parra and Claire Watson as they virtually open their studios and share their latest work.

In Process at The Watermill Center is an ongoing series of open rehearsals, workshops, artist talks and studio visits that invite the community to engage with the work of the center’s international resident artists. The Watermill Center invites audiences of all ages and backgrounds to gain unique insight into the creative process of artists, cultivating an understanding of how artists from across the globe develop new work.

In Process allows direct engagement between the community and the artists in the midst of their residency, giving them the opportunity to present and receive feedback on their work, and continue the development process throughout the remainder of their stay.

Tahir Carl Karmali (b. 1987) born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya is a Brooklyn, New York based visual artist who began his practice as a painter and sculptor. Karmali’s interest in photography started while traveling through East Africa and South East Asia and he later received his master’s in photography at the School of Visual Arts. His attention to material and process is integral to how he communicates narratives centered around global environmental, political, and socioeconomic factors

Paige Mazurek was raised in Reisterstown, Maryland and currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts where she is studying audio storytelling at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, part of the Maine College of Art. Her exploration takes place across multiple mediums including lens based media, sound, collage, drawing and sculpture. She is drawn to ideas of the everyday, family, and the broad interconnectedness of all things.

Zeinab Shahidi Marnani was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1983 and currently lives and works in Tehran and New York. She has a bachelor of visual communication from Tehran University, and holds an MFA in sculpture from Yale School of Art. She was a recipient of Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, and DutchCulture’s Shared Cultural Heritage Matching Fund in 2019. Zeinab was an Inga Maren Otto Fellow at The Watermill Center in 2016.

Regina Parra has an MFA in Art History from Faculdade Santa Marcelina and a BFA in Fine Arts from FAAP. She also studied Theater and worked in the field with Antunes Filho (1929-2019) for many years. The connection between the performing arts — especially Greek tragedy — is present in her production as a visual artist. Her experience in directing actors and creating sets for the theater becomes evident in her videos, compositions, and performances.

Claire Watson was born in Amarillo, Texas. She received a BFA in painting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980, and an MFA in Sculpture at Tyler School of Art in Rome and Philadelphia in 1984. Her awards and honors include a Residency Fellowship at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in 2019, a Studio Residency at MASS MoCA in 2018; a Fellowship in Sculpture from New York Foundation for the Arts in 2007; and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1990. Since 1996 she has lived and worked in Water Mill where she raised two sons with her husband, artist Stephen Laub.

Due to COVID-19, In Process will take place online via Zoom. All registered attendees will receive an email with a Zoom link the morning of the event. Visit watermillcenter.org for more information.

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